Belmont Estates located in Fredericksburg is offering guided Woodland Walks the last Sunday of every month. For the month of April, the walk will take place this Sunday April 29th at 2pm.
Belmont Estates built in the 1790′s was the home of the painter Gari Melchers. Gari was not the original owner and the house has belonged to several families. During the Civil War years of 1862 and 1863 the house was occupied by Union sympathizer Joseph B Ficklen and his family. The family was under the protection of U.S. Army General John Gibbon and even though their were batteries placed on the property no one believes any fighting took place in the area. In 1916 the property passed to artists, Gari and Corinne Melchers. The Melchers who traveled and lived overseas furnished their home with these treasures. You can see these wonderful items on display in the home.
The mile long guided tour will take you both on woodland and field paths and will allow you to the ruins and beauty of the property and teach you of its history. Please wear footwear appropriate for hiking.
The tour will be conducted by the Virginia Master Naturalists. The tour is free and will start at the Visitors Center. For more info go to Gari Melchers.
If you would like to visit the museum, the fee is $10.00 for general admission, but students 18 and younger are admitted free with an accompanying paying adult. Don’t forget to visit the Melchers Museum Shop!
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